Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Sits In Front Of A Fireplace, And 39,000 People Watched

By Aaron Mamiit | Dec 25, 2017 07:32 PM EST

Overwatch is so popular that thousands of people tuned in to watch its director, Jeff Kaplan, sit in front of a fireplace on Christmas Eve for 10 hours.

Kaplan's streams and videos usually give players valuable information on the state of the multiplayer shooter and updates on what will be coming next to the game. However, it appears that even if he does mostly nothing, Kaplan still draws a massive audience.

Kaplan Sits In Front Of A Fireplace

A Twitch stream on the official Overwatch channel opened with an empty chair and a fireplace, which was actually not strange at first as some people play such Yule Log videos for a virtual version of crackling fire. However, things took a strange turn when Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan sat on the chair, and just stared off into the distance.

As Kaplan sits on the leather chair, shuffling after every few minutes, viewers can see a plate of cookies, a bottle of milk, and an Overwatch mug on the small stand beside him.

There were some viewers who questioned whether the stream was on a loop, as they did not believe that Kaplan would subject himself to such a thing on Christmas Eve. However, there were signs that it was not a loop, as Kaplan keeps moving around and changing his pose without a pattern. At one point in the stream, he takes a cookie and eats it after dipping it into the milk in the Overwatch mug, and in another, he takes out his phone to start playing Hearthstone, another Blizzard game.

There was even a point when a boom mic fell on Kaplan, knocking off his glasses.

Kaplan did say something in the quirky stream though.

"To say a thank you to all of and make this an extra special holiday, me and the Overwatch hero team are proud and excited to announce the next hero is going to be..." Kaplan started, but he was interrupted when the stream broke down, apparently hacked.

The stream is likely a prerecorded video, and for about 39,000 viewers at one point, they had nothing better to do on Christmas Eve than watch Kaplan do mostly nothing.

Overwatch For The Holidays

It is still unclear what the point of Kaplan's stream was, but attracting thousands of viewers showed just how popular Overwatch has become.

Overwatch, meanwhile, is showing its holiday spirit through the Winter Wonderland 2017 event, which will run until Jan. 1, 2018. There is also a special Overwatch sale for the holidays that offers games 50 percent off for both the standard edition and the Game of the Year edition.

Blizzard also gave away five free loot boxes to Overwatch players, though loot boxes have been the subject of controversy recently.


Watch Overwatch Yule Log Featuring Jeff Kaplan from PlayOverwatch on www.twitch.tv

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